Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told a trio of experienced Manchester United players they need to ‘step up’ after a disappointing start to the new season. After crushing Chelsea 4-0 on the opening weekend of the new campaign, Solskjaer’s side have failed to register a win from their subsequent three matches.
United were held at Wolves and Southampton and were beaten by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989 earlier this month after a David de Gea error gifted Patrick van Aahnhold a last minute winner.
Solskjaer has placed his faith in a group of emerging young talents which has seen the likes of Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata marginalised so far this season.
‘The coach must opt for the team that will fight for the title and if he does not win, he bears the responsibility,’ said former Chelsea midfielder Matic following the 1-1 draw at St Mary’s. ‘I have been in football for a long time, I have played almost all the games for all the clubs in the last 10 years.
In order for me to play, one had to sit on the bench and accept that fact, and so do I now. ‘In the first two or three games he picked the team without me.
I work as hard as I can. We respect the decision, it’s up to me to show him that he was wrong and to bring me back to where I belong.
Nemanja Matic has been critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selections this season
(Picture: Getty) ‘There is no problem.
I told him I disagreed with him but that he had to decide the team.’ With the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw out injured for Saturday’s match against unbeaten Leicester, Solskjaer could be forced to recall some of his more seasoned pros and has left them in no doubt as to what he expects from them. He said: ‘Well, you’ve got players who can come in with loads of experience, Juan (Mata), Nemanja (Matic) and Ash (Young) who didn’t start the first game and have got to step up and the average age might go up.’